The seventh-seeded American twins were made to work for their 7-5, 6-1 victory over Marcus Daniell and Diego Schwartzman, saving nine of 10 break points in the 65-minute encounter. The Bryans initially recovered from a 1-3 deficit and from 5-5 in the first set they won seven straight games.
The Bryans, who will next meet Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos or Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey, lifted the Indian Wells title in 2013 (d. Huey/Janowicz) and 2014 (d. Peya/Soares). They have a 36-18 record in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals.
In a match that didn’t feature a service break, fellow Americans John Isner and Jack Sock knocked out eighth seeds Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram 7-6(2), 7-6(2) in one hour and 37 minutes. Isner and Sock won six straight points to clinch the first set tie-break and five successive points in the second set tie-break to earn their semi-final berth.